Man, it was a hot one.
Like seven inches from the midday sun.
Runners were dropping like flies towards the end - lots of folks needed medical intervention. Another reason it's good to be slow!
|2010 Mpls Half Marathon - our first!|
We really had no idea what we were getting ourselves into.
My longest run had been 10 miles, and the husband's was 8 miles so neither of us felt properly prepared. We figured we'd just go out there and see what happened. Good thing we had no expectations - totally took any pressure off and let us just have a good time.
Our meal the night before the race? Steak. And lots of red wine. That might account for the long potty stop at mile 10.
When all was said and done, we finished in 2:30:45. Slow, yes. But we finished!
This year, the husband wasn't able to run with me. I ran with the same friend who caught up to me in the Get in Gear Half Marathon in April. I was supposed to run 11:30 pace but couldn't bring myself to go that slow..... not that I was a lot faster - I certainly didn't push it - I have my eye on the prize and wasn't going to jeopardize Grandma's by trying to run a fast race two weeks before!
Another fun time, the hills were just as tough, the spectators were just as awesome and the volunteers handling the water stations were AMAZING.
|Rockin' the skirt at the finish|
1. Running with a guy who had a prosthetic leg. What an inspiration! We caught up to him at the turnaround at mile 9. In addition to being just plain inspiring, he and his running partner were super funny! Seriously, I'll try not to bitch about my aches and pains so much from now on..... We ran with them for a half mile or so.
2. Seeing the husband at mile 11 and again at the finish. I had given him the day off - he's been to SO many of my races this year, he's definitely done his time - but he showed up anyway to cheer me on. He took some pictures with his cell phone and only one sort of turned out. (It looks like I have Kool-aid or something all over my face..... another high quality picture for the blog, but at least I have a race pic!) There is nothing better than looking up and seeing his smiling face in the crowd.
3. I think I got hit on around mile 5. WTF??? I guess I should mention I was wearing a new bright pink running skirt. I'd never worn a running skirt before and wanted to test it out before Grandma's. Some guy ran up alongside us and said to me, "Great skirt. It looks really good." or something like that, before running on ahead of us. My friend turned to me and said, "What the hell was that???? Did you just get hit on? In a RACE???" and we both just burst out laughing. I seriously don't know what to make of that one. I think it was hilarious, and just so strange!
4. Hearing someone yell, "Bitter Hag! Hey, Nora!! Bitter Hag!!!" around mile 10 or so. Whoever you were, I saw you on the hill but didn't recognize you - you were too far away. So tell me who you are!!! You absolutely Made.My.Day!!!
My time was ok (official time was 2:23:28, which is 10:58 pace), especially considering I bonked a bit before mile 12.....it was getting pretty warm and I started seeing stars and feeling a bit wobbly. I walked to the last water stop at mile 12 and then felt a little better. Ran up that last killer hill - yeah, ok, I took a short walk break in the middle of the hill - and then finished strong. I fueled a little better this year, too. No steak or booze the night before! Overall, I feel pretty good about the run. No significant hip or ankle pain to speak of. Yay!
Now it's Taper Time.
Oops! Almost forgot to add my splits - as usual, Garmin Electra time is faster. Oh well. Someday my Garmin time will match my Official time.
Oh, and the big question for Grandma's: to skirt or not to skirt?